Majority of businesses still prefer Windows over other OSs when it comes to mobile computers. Because of that, Samsung has preloaded for them Microsoft’s Windows 7 on the 11.6-inch business-oriented Slate 7 tablet, and Amazon has made it available for pre-orders.
We got our hands on the Slate 7 at the 2011 IFA Show. The enterprise-class slate’s 11.6″ very bright 400-nit display has 170-degree wide viewing angles and support for both multitouch and pen input (Wacom’s technology). If you prefer classic computing, there’s a keyboard dock, which connects to the machine via Bluetooth. The dock is apparently separately sold, since Amazon’s product page of the offered Slate 7 XE700T1A-A03US doesn’t mention it at all.
The Slate 7 is a full performance PC thanks to the Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 2467M dual-core processor (an i3 is optional). It comes with 4GB RAM and up to 128GB solid state drive.
The XE700T1A-A03US configuration is maximal, with the i5 and 128GB SSD, but instead of expected Windows 7 Professional OS, the preloaded version is Home Premium. In Windows 7 Experience Index, the system scores 4.5 points (CPU: 5.8, RAM: 5.9, Aero: 4.5, 3D graphics: 5.4, storage: 7.5).
There are also a front 3MP and rear 2MP camera, full size USB port, mini HDMI, micro SD card slot, and various connectivity options such as Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The Slate also supports 3G connectivity, but again, Amazon doesn’t say anything about that on the XE700T1A-A03US page. For security, which is important feature for biz people, there’s an optional Trusted Platform Module chip.
Its battery life is rated at up to seven hours by Samsung. We’ve been curios and checked the Windows battery meter, which displayed an estimated run time of five hours in Balanced battery mode.
Weight of the device is 1.89lbs (860g), while its thickness is 12.9mm. That’s heavier and thicker than usual 10.1-inch Android tablets, but don’t forget Slate 7’s full performance and an extra 1.5″ on the screen diagonal.
Samsung has announced that the starting price tag will be $1,099, but the XE700T1A-A03US at Amazon costs $1,349.
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